We have all seen in the news, if we haven’t experienced it first hand, what severe weather can do to a community. Much of the news coverage of these disasters focuses on the loss of lives and serious injuries, as it should, as well as the loss or horrific damage of homes and community buildings. We don’t hear much about how businesses are affected, but if businesses shut down and cannot provide services to the community or employment for area residents, the impact of the disaster can be even greater than it needs to be.
Over the past 10 years, the U.S. has averaged about six weather disasters per year that have caused more than a billion dollars in damages, including tornados, hurricanes and snowstorms. Last year, these disasters included heavy rainfall and flooding in the Northeast that caused $1.5 billion in damages; flooding, hail, tornados, and thunderstorms that caused $2.3 billion in damages across the southern United States; and $3 billion in damages caused by tornados and severe weather in the Midwest.
Cleaning up after these types of catastrophic events takes time and money. Without a disaster recovery plan to keep your business running and your revenue flowing, you could be out of business before you know it. Don’t take the risk.